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Cho'Gath Build Guide by Hijitori

Top Addition for Balori's ap Cho'God fans! (threats & tips)

By Hijitori | Updated on July 5, 2020
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Arcane Comet
Nimbus Cloak
Absolute Focus

Cheap Shot
Ultimate Hunter

+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)


LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite


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Champion Build Guide

Addition for Balori's ap Cho'God fans! (threats & tips)

By Hijitori
About Me
My nickname is Hijitori and I began my adventure on Summoner's Rift in season 4. I was Diamond IV in season 9. For this moment I am #30 Cho'gath Eune having 400 000 Maestry Points.

"Remember that you got the power to overpower them all. As long as you play with focus and to try to play as good as you can, you are going to always be victorious in the end." - Balori

Introduction Back to Top
Why I created this short guide? It's simple. I love Cho'gath - especially Balori's style and after watching Balori's videos and playing a lot of games with his build and gamestyle, I wanted to show you some tips and rules Balori didn't mention in his Guide.

Link to Balori's Guide -

"How did I miss that?"

Ap Cho Basic Info Back to Top
- Ap Cho is an assassin mage with a lot of burst damage.
- Ap Cho'gath is squishy. Even if you have around 5000 HP in late, you still will be easy to kill for enemies in late game.
- AP Cho is way more fun and more effective in the right hands than tank Cho.
- You will take responsibility for almost every Q that you miss. Very often if you miss your Q - you or your teammate is dead.
- You will be depending on proper using Fog of War in Duels and Team Fights aswell, this means using bushes and walls a lot.
- You need patience. You will often wait in a bush to get an ambush ready for low-hp / squishy enemy champions - you will see waves of creeps dying next to you a lot of times and you will need to bear that.

"If you can't handle the toxicity from your teammates, just mute them and focus on playing. If you can sustain their toxicity just leave this like that and try to calm them down."

First levels / laning phase Back to Top
Cho's Q is very powerful for invades or counter invades either. When the game starts you have got about 110 seconds before minions begin fighting, so you have got enough time to follow your team, help with invade, counter invade or just defending your jungler's camps. Here's an example of helping your team mates in countering invade and then still having enough time to get back to your line;

Now let's follow Balori's strategies. Try to reach top lane bushes before your enemy. Get to the bush closer to your base and try to use Q to last hit the first 3 minions and hit enemy champion at the same time.
If those 3 minions seperate (bcs enemy full pushed them) - use your Q on enemy champion and then try to aa all the 3 minions instantly, so he can't punish you (because you just CCed and poked him with Q)
Your Q costs you always 60 mana and is always 7 sec CD. Focus on finishing creeps with Q who are too far and dangerously for you to aa them. Try to kill minions and poke your enemy at the same time, so it saves you some mana (passive + poke)
Level 2 E ability is the moment of getting a chance for first blood if enemy underestimates you and forgets that you have got your Ignite and wave of minions near to help when he attacks you (your E damage on level 2 is amazing).

You can push waves faster by moving through minions to group them in one spot to hit all at the same time. Here's an example of full push to immediately take free plates;

"We need to always focus on farming. No matter what, no matter against who you are playing, you're always going to focus on farming."

Best combos? Back to Top
Q > Aa > E > W > aa > R
This is the most efficient combo. I picked it up from some challenger players. F.E:
When you ambush enemy who is at distance you are gonna try to do:
Q > W (as prolonged as possible) > Protobelt > E > R or Q > W (as prolonged as possible) > Protobelt > AA > E > R when you have enough time or you know that your enemy can't escape you.

"Right now he thinks he's more powerful because I'm playing passive and right now I am going to kill him because of that."

Swaping with bot lane time? Back to Top
You usually want to swap with your bot lane in particular 2 situations - when u get the first turret or once you get Hextech protobelt and Lost Chapter (this means at least 2 full items, if you count full boots). Then you will have dash to one-shot enemy adc, a lot of damage and a lot of mana from your Lost Chapter.
Once you swap with your bot lane, try to get into the bot lane bushes so the enemy bot lane can't see you, to make enemy adc a surprise ambush attack.
Remember you are gonna need Oracle Lens when you swap with Bot lane.

"I can't believe that I died one against two. I need to practise more then."

Optimal ULTIMATE usage? Back to Top
- If you are far behind and you can't kill anybody, feast on minions 6 times to gain free stacks for extra hp.
- Use your Ultimate to "ks". The stacks make it double-gold so it is worth.
- Use your Ultimate when you notice your top laner is roaming at the moment (f.e. he is on the way to mid lane or pushing mid tower). Eat minion for a free minion stack, you will have about 30 or more next seconds before he comes back.
- Never save your Ultimate "for later", always eat an enemy champ when you get the chance! Stack gives you size, damage (on E and R) and 120 hp PERMAMENTLY, which makes it worth around additional 400 gold so it is similar to getting double kill!
- Eat a creep before you recall. There will pass about 30 seconds before your return, so you will have your Ultimate almost fully back and ready to use.
- Use your Ultimate on any creep in range when you are about to die and your team can't help you. This is the "worst case", but mistakes happen to everyone.
- When your team is killing Dragon, Herold or Baron - always eat it, even if your jungler wants to smite it. Firstly - you deal more damage with your ultimate than jungler with his smite so it is harder for enemies to steal it and secondly - ulting one of these 3 epic monsters counts the same as champion stacks, so it is a free feast stack.
- Remember that Cho'Gath's Ultimate has got about 0.3 seconds delay. It can be the missing split second sometimes.
- Remember that on 6th level you will deal about 1050 damage to monsters and on 16th level you will deal about 1500 damage with your Ultimate.

"Before we go back - always full push. You need to force them to lose as much gold as possible. So before you go back to your base to get your items full push the lane, force the tower to kill all the creeps and you're going to be just fine."

Team fighting? Back to Top
You are not a frontliner anymore. Lots of AP cho'gath players have the wrong feeling of being tanky. Even if you have 6000 hp, you are still squishy and easy to kill for anyone (especially after getting a cc f.e. from or ). Stay behind, poke and use Fog of War to surprise your enemies. Eventually, when enemies are poked down enough, go in and use your Ultimate on the right target.

"I made one mistake and right now our teammates will make sure that it's going to be impossible to get carried."

Useful tips Back to Top
- Without mana you are useless. Go back or save at least 60 mana for Q just in case.
- Farming is the most important thing, even if you don't have kills, but you have 80% possible creeps you will be fed and strong. Imagine if you didn't miss a single creep. You would be always fed and carry. So try to achieve as many minions as you can (there are possible to have about 108 minions in 10 minute if you don't fail).
- When you are in the base waiting for hp and mana regen - stand on the edge of the buying zone and if you have 2 Doran rings already, you should leave base as soon as you regen about 80-90% hp or 50% mana (depending on what you need). Rings will recover your mana really fast, regen and passive will recover your hp back fast - every second is worth its weight in gold!
- Don't roam before getting at least the first turret. Cho'gath is bad at roaming, rather focus on farming, improving and punishing enemy top laner instead.
- There are a lot of champions who will outscale you after getting 5/6 full item (Vayne, Yasuo, Kayle). Around 5th full item your build's power decreases with passing time. You will be getting more vulnerable and will need to struggle more to get a kill - when there will be more team fights - there will be more vision ruining your ambush attack aswell. When you reach your 5th item, it's time to try to end the game, before your FOOD catches you up.
- While trying to catch your food - don't use your Q right on it, but use your Q behind the enemy champion. He might dodge that, however he will be forced to go backwards into your W or R ability range.
- Like I said in Combo Section - Your E ability resets your Auto-Attack. You can use that f.e. to push tower or destroy enemy's vision faster.
- Cho's E ability gives him 50 range for next 3 AA. You can use this sometimes through narrow walls to f.e. assist in a kill or destroy enemy's vision.
- Before going back to get your items try to full push the minions, so enemy will lose creeps under his turret.
- Save flash and Ultimate to be able to kill squishy back liners (f.e. Vayne, Syndra)
- Be aware - Cho'Gath's W and R have about 0.2-0.4 sec usage delay. You will feel this when you face enemies who are good at dodging skillshots (there is a way to cancel Cho's Ultimate - if enemy flashes away at the same time you use your Ultimate, it will cancel and you won't get the stack).
- When enemy is recolling, bait him that you are not gonna use your Q on him and wait for the very last second to hit your Q, so he will think he will make it to recall.
- When full pushing the lane, you can move through coming minions to bait them in your Q circle.
- Sometimes you can use just your IGNITE for escape because of the Nimbus Cloak extra speed and you can also use it to catch enemy champion.

"This mistake will cost us a lot of creeps. Not the death, don't worry about that. Just worry about the farm."

Advanced FEAST info! Back to Top
- Epic monstera and champions summoned by Mordekaiser give you permanent stacks.
- Herold summoned by enemy team gives you permanent stack.
- Wukong's clone gives you permanent stack.
- Killing someone who has got active Guardian Angel doesn't give you any stack.

"Just relax guys, just relax."

Items against Cho Back to Top
This is a dream item for Cho to play against. It often ends up in free kills for you, no hp, no mr only wave clear, but cho still has his Q W E to clear minions easily

This are nightmares items for Cho to play against. F.e. taking this item can punish you, kite and dodge run through your Q easily. Also the mercury reduces your cc.

Although it isn't a big problem, it might give your opponent enough sustain to heal your Q damage after a few minion hits, f.e.

Using Zhonya usually gives you free Q hit, because you know where to use it.

This is a pretty annoying item against Cho, because killing opponent when it's active will cancel feast stack. At least you can now time your Q perfectly for the moment enemy becomes vulnerable, just like

"He's going to play with Tiamat. The worst mistake ever and we're going to just destroy him because of that."

Short video guide/examples Back to Top

Try to use your aa reset on E when fighting, taking a turret or vision, example;

Sometimes when you are low hp look for nearby low minions to heal yourself, example;

You can use fog of war to survive in a hard situtation with your Q, example;

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